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. >> now state and defense department officials and actor and activist ben affleck testified at a hearing on violence in eastern congo where a rebel group has terrorized people. the m-23 rebels are defectors from the army and were recently able to overtake the city of goma despite a large u.n. security presence there. the house armed services committee hosts this hearing. this is three hours. i can't help but reflect on the millions of innocent people around the world who are caught in fundamentally unjust and socially complex situations. these situations can make anyone's heart break and naturally leads one to consider the simple question what can be done. one thing it sure makes me appreciate our country. i have heard that less than 2% of the people that have ever lived here on the earth have lived under the kind of freedoms that we enjoy. we are so blessed. and when we see how innocent lives are -- how people are hurt so much by some of the thing that is are happening around the world, it just again really makes me appreciate home. the question and likewise the answer becomes more comp
, primarily in the defense budget, which could have huge repercussions for the massive u.s. defense industry. and there's more -- investment in the country's aging infrastructure would also have to be cut back. some experts say it would mean the u.s. gross domestic product would shrink by at around 3.5%. the resulting recession could have severe consequences for the entire global economy. >> the american economy gets a cold, the rest of the world this sneezing pretty quickly, too, so it is going to have ramifications. how quickly those will happen depends on exactly which parts of the economy start to give way first. >> jennifer thomas hopes it will not come to that, but time is running out for politicians in washington to reach a deal. >> germany is gearing up for federal elections to take place next autumn, even though campaigning is not yet in full swing. the leading candidates are already fully in the spotlight, and, of course, keeping the election in mind with their every public mood. the opposition certainly have their work cut out for them. current opinion polls favor the incumbent ch
this, defensive driving is the key to staying safe. >> people are still driving fast. you just got to watch out for them and slow down a little bit and anticipate the worst of what other people might do if they hit puddles. >> people should slow down like 10-miles-an-hour. >> are you slowing down? >> of course, i have a baby. >> it's all advise we should adhere to. >> ama: we want to share with you this rain bowe from -- rainbow over the san francisco bay win. the mix of rain and sun there were rainbows spotted throughout much of the day in the bay area. and stay with abc-7 news for continuing storm watch coverage. get the latest forecast on abc-7 news at 6:00 and 11:00, and track every storm this season anytime with live doppler 7hd at abc7.com. >> the funerals for the victims of the connecticut school tragedy wrapped up after a heart-wrenching week or farewells. 20 students and 10 adults called have now been laid to rest and tonight there are new voices adding to the debate over gun control. >> flags across connecticut will return to full staff after sun downtonight. short aafter
the channel, and the french were then crippled in defense of paris. part of the problem with the dunkirk evacuation by the british was that the left all their equipment in france. they had no time to take their guns, their tanks, their trucks. so the when the british soldiers ended up in southern england after the evacuation, they really only had uniform's on the backs. >> when did that evacuation take place? >> it was a late may, and finished -- >> late may 1940? >> first couple days of june. by the second of june it was virtually over. >> for couple weeks into the invasion of france it was over? >> the french -- a lot of the french military felt that they had lost the battle for the country by this done. it actually went on for another several weeks, because the germans had to reset their tanks and aligned themselves and push down towards paris. they hadn't at this point conquered paris, but the french did the best they could, but at this point the writing was certainly on the wall. friends had to drop out of the war. i think it was june 22. so that evacuation was over by the second of
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with china. they have long wanted to rewrite the pacifist constitution that allows only a military for self-defense. >> this is how to reshape of the culture of japanese postwar society. he has written about these things in the past and that is what he is concerned with. >> a cabinet of new faces from his liberal democratic party. they will have to win over a public weary of revolving door politics and convinces people that the best of times is still ahead. >> toyoda agrees to pay more than $1 billion to settle legal claims. the problems were found in many hybrid models that covers direct payout to customers and will go towards installing a break overrides system in 3 million cars. former car owners sold vehicles below the value because of bad publicity. the deal still needs to be approved by california federal judge. i am joined by the adult professor of economics at nyu, could have you with us. it is potentially one of the biggest settlement in history in the u.s.. if a sign of how serious this case is. >> is certainly is a large amount. nobody is for defective vehicles, but i think it is a bit p
suppression. our next guest defense the tough voter id law say it is a paramount important that we protect the integrity of the process and make sure voter irregularities and voter fraud is eliminating. joining us now, attorney general of south carolina, great to have you with us.at first, your reaction to what the first lady had to sy. >> i obviously disagree with the first lady.with in every state i looked at, georgia, indiana are two states, section five, one is not a section five states. when they have had laws with a federal id for theoter registration card actually minority that is a went up in subsequent elections and participation.s. lou: when you talk about the five states, those are states because of civil rights transgressions 60 years ago, 50 years ago, they still remain under the watchful eye of the justice department for a revision in their electoral laws or procedures, right?pro >> absolutely. states have asked the federal government permission before they can implement a law thathe affects elections, but in a state passing a law, that she, went up in a state of georgia, up
plan that involves changing the cost of living adjustment for social security beneficiaries. if defense cuts are on the table, do you believe that entitlement savings should be as well as both sides are trying to say we want to reach the sensible center on this, but either side won't budge? >> well, you know, what you're saying sounds sensible, but it ultimately isn't. the reason why is because we're talking about seniors that live on $22,000 a year and are going to face a $650 cut by the time those seniors get 75 years old. you're saying the poorest of the poor, the most economically vulnerable people on fixed incomes have got to do -- get by with less when the military budget has literally doubled -- more than doubled since 2010. here's the thing. if i -- giving up your one coat if you only have one coat is nott the same as giving up one coat if you have ten coats, right? so what -- so the ekwifl ensy that people are trying to derive here just isn't there because low income seniors have been squeaking by for so -- with so little for so long. that's why we are sort of taking a tough po
>> welcome to the "journal" on dw. >> coming up in this half-hour -- >> the defense minister defects as rebels say they are making gains in some parts of syria. >> ceremonies being held in several asian countries to remember the victims of the deadly 2004 tsunami. >> we took a look at a mexican priest who set up a shelter for migrants seeking their fortune in the united states. >> fresh attempts are being made to find a diplomatic solution to end the syrian conflict. the syrian foreign minister has reportedly flown to moscow to discuss these proposals by the united nations envoy. >> meanwhile, activists say at least 20 people, many of them children, have been killed by government shelling in the north of the country, and in a setback for the government, the country's military police chief has defected. then he says he felt the army was no longer acting in the interests of the syrian people. >> the officer in this video identifies himself as the head of the military police. he says the syrian army is not protecting a country. instead, it is destroying cities and committing mas
. >> susan rice. she was fed these phony talking points by the cia. she went on a defensive. and president obama left her, john, twisting slowly, slowly in the wind. she's gone. >> she'll still be our u.n. ambassador, though, pat. i give worst politician to mitt romney who never quite came across as human. and he lost. in part, because of his personality. >> she is going to stand you up, ambassador? >> yes. >> herm an cain again because a man who runs for the presidency who didn't think that his personal life would ultimately blow up presidency. >> does he have a job? >> he does. i don't know that he has -- >> he is a great -- he has a great future in talk-radio, i am sure. >> clarence, something for us? >> yes. worst politician, clint eastwood, although he is a good actor. >> this is very domestic. i will though it out on a larger scale for you. does that help you any, pat? worst politician 2012 egypt's mohammed morsy. heralded as a states man after his role in mediating the gaza cease fire and plunged his country into chaos by grounding him executive of absolute power which caused an
purposes. the defense ministry's released a report. north korea says the satellite -- says iraq was used to pay satellite into space. sunday marks the birthday of the japanese emperor. he reassured crowds he has made a full recovery since having heart bypass surgery in february. he took the opportunity to highlight the plight of the aging population. he is part of the oldest monarchy in the world. in south africa, kids from poor neighborhoods are exposed to carbon an early age. kids are now using skateboards to keep themselves off the streets and out of trouble. >> it is his first time on a skateboard. she is a little uneasy, but she wants to learn. it is her way of forgetting about the sometimes dangerous streets of johannesburg. >> they get into troubles in areas like this because of the overcrowding. people get drunk and crazy. they fight. children get hit. >> she lives in an area known for violent crime. high unemployment means many young people are on the streets with nothing to do. the older boys teach the little ones, keeping them off the streets and hopefully out of danger. some
, courthouses, power plants, defense installations and also the presence of firearms being carried by the secret service in and capitol police to protect the president and all of our lawmakers. >> what if when adam lanza started shooting his way into sandy hook elementary school last friday he had been confronted by qualified armed security? will you at least admit it's possible that 26 little kids, that 26 innocent lives might have been spared that day? >> the nra also retained asa hutchison the former u.s. attorney, congressman and u.s. security official to develop a model school safety plan focused on issues of design and access control and training for students and educators alike that the group said could be tailored by any school to suit its needs. harris? >> harris: if people were anywhere near their computers or tv's today they saul duling news conferences all over the place with people on different sides of gun control debate appearing. but then they didn't seem to be anywhere near a compromise. >> no, harris. and president obama released a video message today vowing to fight nor new gu
, the cost of the war was not included in the budget except the military and the defense budget. but the additional costs were not reflected in the budget. there were always supplementals. so they didn't show as a deficit. a vendor ackley to the debt. so while the budgets were reasonable in that period of time, the actual spending didn't show in the budget and people didn't pay as much attention to the debt as they do today because it kept mounting and so we borrowed to pay for the war and in fact we didn't ask people to make sacrifices financially. >> there is a difference between borrowing in the future, paying for work and paying back words, we are having to pay right now. people might have felt differently if they had felt the pinch right at that time. we would have asked different questions and were asked, and i think that is one of the reasons we got where we are. and it's where we are. >> on appropriations could you have been any more vocal about it to provide us getting into this situation? >> welcome on was vocal about it. i don't know. when i got on the appropriations
increase in the deficit, the problem is it is not finance the oil. either have to eliminate the defense department or eliminate all civilian employees. you would not able to administer all this regulation if you don't do something about spending. even with tax increases, the kind i described in the previous question, would not be enough. ineffective regulation. effective regulation can be quite beneficial. in the automobile sector, the mileage requirement, but permits everybody to strive to a higher mark, up chiselling on the mileage stickers on cars. it improves our energy efficiency. that's a good thing. that is spurring growth. but the kind of reforms we have on wall street have not solved the problem. look at what happened last week's at usb, not only wild and irresponsible behavior, but then we have attorney general holder determining that he general holderubs the fullest -- attorney general holders a betty cannot prosecute ubs because he is afraid ubs is too big to shut down and would destroy financial markets. i thought dodd-frank was supposed to fix that. what was so disconcerti
burns a former federal prosecutor and criminal defense attorney. and john manweli, a former criminal defense attorney. waoepl mawaoepl may not influence that the high court cases influence people practicing law day-to-day. doug -rpbgs tel tell me your thoughts on the healthcare. >> a lot of the people ran out of building saying it's been struck down. it was struck down on commerce clause grounds and the necessary and proper clause grounds. jaime: it had to be. >> there it was on page 10 that it was being upheld as a tax which i agree w. the long and short of it was it's the same analysis that we rendered all yearlong. it's 2700 pages long, i'm not sure anybody understan understands. i asked a friend of mine who is a physician can you tell me what is in the health code. he looked at me bang leave. >> john, what do you think about the court a growing to take up two gay marriage cases, what could be the impact of that? >> well, the court has a balancing act to do. obviously if you're a person of homosexuality and would like your rights there is an equal protection clause in the constitu
face job loss and in some situations-- certainly in the department of defense-- but throughout the federal government people will be furloughed, forced to take unpaid days off, anywhere from 20 to 50 days. we really don't know. it depends in part on the agency and it depends in part on how much of the remainder of the fiscal year these cuts are squished into. so it's -- that's one bad situation. and then the so-called grand bargains and deals, many of those include provisions that would cut federal retirement benefits and extend the current pay freeze for an additional three years so that federal employees would go five full years without any paid a justments. >> ifill: hugh johnson, if you were an investor or a business owner and you're watching wall street watch the fiscal cliff debate what are you telling them? are people nervous? >> well, even though i think there's been some positive things unfolding-- and i think the most positive thing that's been unfolding is the fact that the markets have not collapsed desite this very significant risk that we could go off the cliff, w
to succeed the defense secretary. you have former republican senator chuck hagel being talked about as a possible replacement as defense secretary, but i understand there's a lot of complications here and even controversy. can you tells what's happening in terms of background discussions of chuck hagel taking that job. >> you know, his name has been out there for a few weeks now as the sort of so-called front-runner. maybe it's a bit of an administration trial balloon at this point. we don't know. officially the white house hasn't made a decision on who at the present times to be the next secretary of defense, but they have let hagel's name be out there. that gave time for the opposition to reform. republicans and even democrats on capitol hill, his former allies coming out and being concerned about some of his positions that he took as a u.s. senator. alleging that he was not strong enough on countering iran, did not strovote for iran sanctions especially critical of his stance on israel. that he was perhaps not as supportive of israel as he should have been. chuck hagel is a prese
straight games as a defensive lineman in the nfl, the man they call the cowboy, justin smith injured his elbow sunday. he is listed as questionable for the seahawks game sunday. meanwhile, he is revved up and ready. a huge sack of tom brady to help them secure the victory in new england. the bowl game is on. we had the beef bowl tonight. central florida had their quarterback in action. threw three touchdowns and ran for one. hit murray there. 7-yarder. 38-17, central florida a winner. green bay wisconsin, packers put out a call for 600 people to help clear the field in preparation for sunday's game. 10 inches of snow. the mid-western storm hitting them. no problem getting fans to help. they were in it for $10 an hour. you had to be 15 to qualify. that is the sporting life. they love their packers. hey, look! a shooting star! make a wish! i wish we could lie here forever. i wish this test drive was over, so we could head back to the dealership. [ male announcer ] it's practically yours. test drive! but we still need your signature. volkswagen sign then drive is back. and it's never been e
of difference as well as the last line of defense. >> reporter: the debate over semi-automatic weapons and high capacity magazines has raged since the shooting at sandy hook. a gallup poll found 53% agreed increasing police presence in schools would be very effective. a third said somewhat effective, 12% said not effective and 42% said banning the sale of automatic weapons and nor an third, 36% said it would not be effective. feel free to weigh in on my page at rick levanthol over the debate of gun rights and greater restrictions continues. >> heather: rick, thank you. >> gregg: search for justice in the benghazi, libya terror attacks. a scathing report placing blame squarely for security failures. while sparking new debates we have much closer look at the issue. >> heather: the word no one wants to hear, deadlock, can president obama and lawmakers find a solution before the january 1st deadline. >> gregg: and remarkable recovery just in time for christmas. how a community came together to help the church devastated by hurricane sandy. >> describe the damage. >> it was absolutely devastation. t
, much harder nut to crack. syria's defense system was developed to counter israel. that's a sophisticated air force. libways not at all like that -- libya is not at all like that. it's very, very slippery slope. once you want to establish a no-fly zone -- establish a safe haven, you have to establish a no-fly zone and then the safe haven has to protect against are till rare fire? how do you do senate -- do that? a it's a slippery slope. i i was on washington journal a month ago and i was asked this question, and if we go in, or if we militarily either more aggressive support in terms of the military aid or boots on the ground, air toast support, what's hezbollah going to do sunset what's iran going to do? what's russia going to do? this is quite volatile and i don't think we have thought out all of the potential possibilities of getting involved in another quagmire in the middle east. and as i said, i have lots of friends there if there was an easy answer to this, if military intervention -- if there was any chance where there was limited damage, collateral damage to our
funds. some of the arguments that were given in favor of -- in defense are not quite -- it's a complicated issue. budgets and allocations are negotiation between the president, the congress, and input from the state department. but to answer your question even more directly, i don't know why -- we were certainly concerned before we went and that it was the anniversary of september september 11th, not a great time. we didn't feel ourselves that we were prominent targets, but we are westerners. we stick out in a place like benghazi. there had been -- there was a pattern of attacks of the course of the previous six months, and practically all the more high-profile, other local officials or international diplomats. so one would have to say that that was a prominent target. so unexplained. i have not heard any convincing answers as to why that was the case. cultural a vendor. he was not there to meet with us because i have heard that he was in town when i arrived. that made it into various press outlets in the think there was just so much misinformation running around, the campa
defense attorney. the court called her, holly, irresistible attraction. >> well, let's just start with that, okay? >> how does this come into the decision? her attractiveness was irresistible? >> that's what this deny temperature claimed when he fired her. and he said the reason i fired her, my wife was getting jealous. and we didn't do anything. but i thought she was so attractive, i thought i might do something in the future if she continued to work with me. my wife thought the same thing so i fired her. your gut reaction as a human being, don. i saw that headline, and i was like, what, are you kidding? your gut reaction is that is ridiculous. read the decision of the iowa supreme court and basically what they're saying is, look, you weren't fired because you were a woman. you were fired because you're a good-looking woman. and that's a difference. that's not gender discrimination. that's like pretty discrimination. >> that's hating. >> right, right, exactly. >> all right. so let's look at her. everyone is like -- all right. so we've held the audience in expense long enough. whe
that geography has played in shaping the defense and talks about the role that it plays in the future. this is about ten minutes. >> good evening, welcome and thank you for joining us. my name is richard fontaine. i'm the president for the center of new american security. it's a pleasure to welcome you all here to celebrate the publication of robert kaplan's new book the reason geography what they tell us about the coming conflict in the battle against the state. i've heard it said before that you all very great author by reading his books not by buying them -- they will be sold on the stage in this room back here. bald kaplan's work is known no doubt why this audience. he's been a senior fellow and in march of 2008 a foreign correspondent for the atlantic for about a quarter of a century and is currently the chief geopolitical analyst. i first became acquainted with his writing during his book with traces of history of the tight midwesterners living and working in the middle east. and since that book, the very titles of his work goes to the coming anarchy have provoked the debate. th
countries went to war over it in 1962. india's defense minister has had to make a statement in recent weeks that read in part, "there is no conclusive proof of unidentified flying objects flying over the india/china border." does that mean those lights do come from china? he doesn't say. the correct answer to our gps
zimmerman claims self-defense in a case that sparked international outrage and ignited racial tensions. trial is set for june. number two. >> we need rescue inside the auditorium. we have multiple victims. i've gone seven down in theater 9. >> july 20th just past midnight terror inside theater 9. >> aurora, colorado 9 miles east of denver where there's a mass shooting at a movie theater. >> they same james holmes donned protective gear, through tear gas and fired. in the end 12 killed, 58 others wounded. holmes faces 152 charges. many victims continue to recover while others will never recover the loss they suffered that night. and number one -- >> unimaginable horror grips the nation is one of the deadliest school shootings in u.s. history. >> tragedy at sandy hook elementary. >> this is unspeakable what happened in this town. >> innocent children shot dead in their classrooms. the victims? 16 6-year-olds, 4 7-year-olds along with six adults. >> emilie's laughter was infectious and all that met her would aagree the world is a better place because she's been in it. >> in newtown, conne
the issues of defense. those are the things he did not touch before. what does that mean in terms of even if this constitution is ratified at some point of course for him, what does it mean for his rule something. >> morsi is clearly failing in doing, in bringing in the political factions, what they like to do is say we are the majority and everyone else is upset because they lost. that is simply a lie. when you see hundreds of egyptians saying weigh your checks and balances, what they are saying is after a revolution, you must take the whole country in consideration, and be the president for the country. not for the muslim brotherhood. he can only restore the country, if they -- you cannot do it as the muslim brotherhood president. that is something you can only do as the president of egypt. >> that is not exactly the platform he worked on. the question is what can the opposition do now? >> the opposition can do a lot. i admire what they are doing, pressing the women's issues on freedoms and it's such a valuable thing. because morsi thought he could shove down the throat of the people --
there is the first line of defense. it drastically reduces response time. >> these teachers would take a bullet for their children and just a lot to ask because i know how much they love our children. and they do. i thank them so much. gregg: well the chief of police says the new commitment will cost a beg chunk of his budget but he is not willing to take any chances with the safety of children. heather: to a fox weather alert now on a massive winter storm that is also causing dangerous driving conditions out west. take a look at this. this is interstate 80, the main route from act meant -- sacramento to reno, negative vaud. police are requiring chains on all vehicles except four wheel drives and those with snow tires. you can see why right there. chief meteorologist rick reichmuth live in the fox extreme weather center. over the river and through the woods to grandma's house if you have snow tires, right? >> that is across the sierra nevada pass. that often happens when they get snow and get a lot of it. they got six feet of snow. great news for all the ski resorts there. they need that for th
the minister of defense in the new year, including how veterans can apply. i am pleased to tell -- on at the arctic convoys, sir john has recommended that there will be in arctic convoy star medal. i am very pleased that some of the brave men of the arctic convoys will get the recognition they are richly deserved for the dangerous work they did. sir john concluded that they have been treated inconsistently with those who served in fighter command. he has therefore recommended, and i also agree, that the command -- bomber command be awarded a bomber command cross. at 82 of the members
to war over it in 196. india's defense minister has had to make a statement in recent weeks, it read in part, there is no conclusive proof of unidentified flying objects flying over the india-china border. does that mean those lights do come from china? he doesn't say. the correct answer to our gps challenge is c, in 2007, a russian submarine planted that nation's flag under the north pole. it is made of rust-proof titanium and just a few months ago, a russian orthodox bishop went and gave a special blessing to the top of the world. the russians might think they're being nice, but other nations with claims up there feel that russia's behavior is really quite naughty. don't forget viewers in the united states can catch our latest gps special tonight, it's called "tough decisions" it examines how major decisions are made in everything from national security to business, to family affairs. it airs tonight at 8:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. eastern and pacific, don't miss it. thanks to all of you for being part of my program this week, i will see you next week. >>> hello i'm miguel marquez with
had, all of this had to be moved first to saudi arabia not region first from the defensive operation and then in an offensive operation. so just months and months for this to even, just to prepare for this. >> and he was in charge of that. but now he was as we lewded to in the piece also criticized for making some strategic mistakes. what were those? >> well, there were well two goals primary goal its one was to evict the iraqi forces from kuwait which was done in the 100 hour ground war after six weeks of bombing, remember that. but the other one was to destroy saddam hussein's offensive powers, primarily his republican guard force. because the thinking was if you didn't destroy them, they could always come back to invade kuwait again plus there was a subtext, they were hoping to weaken saddam's hold on power by getting at the most capable and loyal forces on his command. we did the first, we didn't fully dot second. at the end of the day a significant number of the republican guard forces managed to escape. and this became, they were unenvironment-- instrumental in putting down the
defense to say that it is just a television show. i cannot think that is a valid point of view to have as a creative artist. >> as the moderator, i will make one comment. i grew up in the netherlands. there are 19 political parties. they used to buy time. interestingly, in the mid- 1970's, the show's the labor party showed was "all in the family." because they wanted everyone in holland to believe that archie bunker was the typical american. the more conservative party showed "m.a.s.h." the winter show there was an inherent anti-war sentiment in the united states and there were a lot of people that work empathetic with those clauses in holland. you can never really understand how it is going to be manipulated by local agendas and parties. that was my experience. let me ask a last question. aside from things that you have been directly involved with, is there a film or documentary or television show which you think is a great example of what hollywood can mean to public policy and politics? is there a singular documentary film, television show, which stands out to you? >> "mr. smith goe
a restraining order against her parents. let's talk about this bizarre case with the one and only defense attorney joey jackson with us now. good morning to you. >> good morning, christi. happy holidays to you. >> happy holidays to you as well. thank you for being here. so first of all, these were the girl's parents. of course they want to make sure that she's okay, but where's that line? you know, legally, between being a concerned parent and now, i mean, they are truly dubbed legally stalkers. >> they are indeed. listen, parents need to be concerned, and they should be concerned, but the facts here are ditch, and so when you look at parenting, yes, we all as parents want the best for our children, but it's another thing to become obsessive and here the lines certainly were crossed according to the jump and, christi according to the facts. when you start installing monitoring devices, some parents want to check and see what children are doing. traveling from kansas to ohio where your daughter is in school unannounced not saying anything and then go to her peers, in addition to administra
with a narrow plan like you described, if he came out now with a big plan that did entitlements and defense, did spending, and said, simpson-bowles revised here, let's go forward, there would be a deal but it will never happen. >>gregg: will republicans regret they did not vote for plan "b"? >> they may feel like this did in august, they should have taken the deal but, look, the real problem the republicans should regret is never having a public strategy, and get the taxes off early on, and done that and made their case about the debt and been in this national debate because they have paid the price. >> they never talked economic growth. >> guys, hang on. when we come back we have a lot to talk about including the newtown massacre and the latest on the benghazi report. you know how painful heartburn can be. for fast, long lasting relief, use doctor recommended gaviscon®. only gaviscon® forms a protective barrier that helps block stomach acid from splashing up- relieving the pain quickly. try fast, long lasting gaviscon®. >>heather: the mother of a marine veteran saying he has been admitted to
on the defense side and on the domestic side. about $109 billion the first year, 1.2 trillion over ten years. you'll see estate taxes go up, investment taxes go up. there is an endless list of expiring provisions of law that will, in fact, expire if nothing is done. and i think even if something is done at this point, what you're looking at is something very scaled back, something very small and congress will have to come back next year and take a look at trying to get to some of those other issues. >> alistair here. that sounds about right to me, assuming that that scenario is how things play out. what sort of impact medium term do you think this is going to have on consumer and corporate confidence in america, given that the fiscal cliff is clearly weighed heavily on both of those in recent months? >> the sad thing, you know, from an observer's standpoint here is that there isn't much corporate or consumer confidence in the american government. and it's proved itself dysfunctional time and again over the last couple of years. what you hear now is not how people believe that there's going to be
and his possible nomination as defense secretary. do you think this is a new thing, roland, to shoot down a nomination, when it's just been sort of floated as a trial maroon? >> actually, it's why trial balloons were actually created, to sort of gauge the public, if you will. i still believe president obama should have put ambassador rice's name forward, and he should have dared the united states senate to vote her down. and also, i think, if you look at the administration, they have not done, to be honest, an effective job of really getting the cabinet out in a large way. because you think about the last four years, secretary of education, arne duncan, he had an opportunity to really step out there. secretary of state, hillary clinton, defense secretary bob gates. but you did not have, again, your labor secretary. you didn't have your commerce secretary, your energy secretary. so he relied on sort of the people just around him. i think this administration and the president should do a better job of getting his cabinet out there, because, frankly, most americans don't even know who the re
a missile defense program, a rudimentary program, but it's been in place, put it in place several years ago, and it's designed specifically to handle this. actually we're ahead on that. but they've been relentless bad boys. no matter how difficult their domestic situation is, they've always seemed to find the resources to military power and threatening neighbors and friends and trying to shift technology abroad. it's a rogue regime. it's difficult to deal with. and it adds a complicating factor into the dynamic equation in asia between china and japan and the south china sea and the united states. >> let's switch gears now and talk about senator kerry, who will likely be secretary of state coming up. and with regard to the israeli/palestinian situation, do you think he might have an approach that could come and get something palpable done over there? >> i think that's really a presidential call. when you're dealing with israeli/palestinian issue, it's the president of the united states who's going to make that call. and really in all foreign policy it is the president's prerogative. i think
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